- n. Lent
- From Latin quadrāgēsima ("the fortieth part; Lent"), substantive of quadrāgēsimus ("fortieth"). (Wiktionary)
“Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima, which denote the Sundays which immediately precede, and the word Quadragesima, which denotes the first”
“This fast period lasted 40 days, and was, therefore, called "Quadragesima Sancti Martini," which means in Latin "the forty days of St. Martin.”
“Thus people fast in Quadragesima Lent as a prayerful preparation for Holy Week, or, at least, that's what they should be doing; many, of course, just do it because that's what they've heard people do during Lent.”
“We shall begin with the fire-festivals of spring, which usually fall on the first Sunday of Lent (Quadragesima or Invocavit), Easter Eve, and May Day.”
“Perhaps the word is only one of a numerical series: Quadragesima, Quinquagesima, etc.”
“Just as Easter was followed by fifty days of rejoicing, so it had its period of preparation by prayer and fasting, from which arose the season of Lent, which, after various changes, commenced finally forty days before Easter, whence its name of Quadragesima.”
“Quadragesima (the forty days) was originally a period marked by fasting, but not necessarily a period in which the faithful fasted every day.”
“Quadragesima denotes a season of preparation by fasting and prayer, to imitate the example of Christ (Matt., iv).”
“Mass was said on the weekdays of Quadragesima late in the afternoon and food was taken only near sunset (Rock, IV, 76).”
“Therefore the Brothers did firmly determine to deny themselves somewhat and to contribute more largely to the poor, and for their sake add one hour of daily work to the usual period of labour throughout the Season of Quadragesima: and to hand the whole that they might gain by their copying in that hour to the Overseer of the poor, that therewith he might buy them the necessary victual and faithfully minister to them.”
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